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Published: February 25th 2009
Through the walls and at foot of Inca site
What is it with Inca ruins in February? First sun, then clouds and rain and shelter in a thatched cottage....
Tip, get there before two o´clock because that is when the fleet of tour buses arrive and you will share a thin path with a dozen people and guide going the in opposite direction. I got the partial ticket for 70 soles, which is about $25, I think. I have two days, today and tomorrow to see four attractions. I will settle for these ruins and the ones in Moray if I can get a taxi there tomorrow.
The first bit of the hike is steep, and I stopped several times. Once you are up, there are a few inclines to get up if you want to see the settlement ruins. Nice view of the town and mountains, though I prefered the views from the free side. It was good to take photos of the other side where I had hiked, and the carved face in the bedrock.
I had less than an hour of quiet time, and then many tourists groups came; with the dominant tour language being Spanish. (no freebie tidbits of knowledge to overhear) And then
Seems simple enough
came the clouds, and sprinkles, and rain. I timed it fairly well, being almost down when the real rain was making the stones slippery. I passed rainbow-coloured tourists and headed to an overhanging roof to wait for the sun to take over. You would think there would be rainbows today, the conditions are right for them.
Time to go. I bought the partial tourist ticket for 70 soles and it is good for four tourist attractions within two days. What was I thinking?? To get one more bang for my buck I have to take a taxi to Moray, the Inca circluar terrances for seed development. A traveler from Argentina recommended it as a ´must see´. The taxi is 120 soles, and takes you there, waits for your visit and then either returns you to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. For that money I had better make that move back to Cusco city today. Maybe I can return in a week or so? Hope so....I will miss this place.
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